Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 82
18th March 2017
This week's Run Report has been written by Helen HIPKISS aka 'Hot Lips' of the Wyre Forest Hash House Harriers! Read and enjoy what is possibly the most bonkers Run Report ever!
"A lovely chilly but sunny morning for the WFH3 takeover. Probably a few St Patrick's Day hangovers but we were all up bright and early none the less. An abundance of bright & crazy leggings (even some gold ones!), tutus, hash t-shirts & hats and even a new WFH3 flag to mark the occasion! Brilliantly inspired - well done Plays With IT!
Cross Dresser, today's run director, sounded the megaphone, read out all the announcements and gave today's instructions. He also plugged WFH3 to try & drum up some freshers into our fold - one man's ears pricked up when he heard we were a drinking club with a running problem...
Clodhopper shouted the starting countdown and they were off, off up that hill. No flour or sawdust to follow but plenty of arrows and marshals instead. Many hashers were already in their marshalling positions but there were some photo opportunities for those of us with positions near or at the finish line.
Wrong found a bench to sit on whilst Plays With IT erected another flag. I took my hashlings up the hill to wait in prime position at the 'final corner' of the track. How we love cheering and clapping the runners, telling them "almost there!" "Not far to go now!" and "a bit of downhill next!"
Now, the only rule of hashing is that there are no rules and this became very apparent when Compost was about to cause chaos by trying to direct the front running male straight up the path at M9. We also tried to coerce a non parkrunner to go & cross the finish line at about 10 past 9 - she would have really broken a record! Hehehehe.
And so, 171 runners ran past. We probably brought 170 hashing volunteers! The front runners (or FRBs as they're affectionately termed on a Thursday night), the dog runners, the cyclist (!), the birthday party, Rupert the Bear (it almost could be a Thursday night!), the runners, joggers and walkers, parkrunners young and old (just like hashing too) We like to think we were the best marshals. (I'm certain the rest of the marshals did a fantastic job too!)
Tail runner, Jacqui, was appropriately dressed for the occasion. She had a group of minders in her midst too but commented on what a privilege and pleasure it was to run with Max and Lindsay.
An overwhelming WFH3 welcome committee back at the finish line with loud cheers and whooping and our trademark sweets handed out to everyone by DF - a nice little touch. Everyone was expertly managed in the funnel by Pond Life, timed by Darth Radar & Clodhopper, given tokens by Hash Quack and Game Bird, scanned by Cyclopath & Dr Whiplash before heading off to the On Inn for cake & coffee. Perfect start to the weekend
On on parkrun The best ParkRun takeover ever? Where's the hashometer when you need it...?
Nigel & Hazel FAIN's & Ernest JORDAN's 100th parkrun
Jenny NORTON's 50th birthday
Photo: Hazel and Nigel FAIN
parkrun Tourists: Tony from Liverpool Steve, Deb & William from Cambridge Lucas from Germany
....and Ernest from Australia (although we have only just discovered this!)
This week 171 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.
Well done to all our first timers:
Lucy COX, Lucy NEWTON, Sophie COOK, Amber COOK, Neil JENKINS, Lucy BEALES HARPER, Esme JENKINS, Sam BEALES HARPER, Fyonna MUCKLAN, Deborah MOSS, Andrew EVANS, Hugo STEELE, Martin COOK, Stephen SELWAY, Hannah EDIE-PABLA, Josh SIDNELL, Tom JENKINS, Jonathan BISSETT
The event was made possible by 30 volunteers.
Adrian FORD • Andrea FORD • Caleb HIPKISS • Chris STAPLES • Dale DWYERS • David HUNTER • David STARKIE • Duncan STARKIE • Ellie ANDERSON • Emma TIPTON • Graeme ANDERSON • Heather MORGAN • Helen HIPKISS • Jacqui WINTER • Juliet WALL • Kathryn PURSLOW • Kimberley BILLS • Mark WALLACE • Martin PROUDLER • Maya HIPKISS • Michael MOCKETT • Mike PARKER • Neil SPAREY • Pete WALL • Philip SHELDON • Rachel ROBINSON • Rachel WARD • Richard SHELDON • Tony COLCLOUGH • Zoe DUQUETTE
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wyre Forest parkrun Results Page".
Ashley ROSS (SM25-29) of Bromsgrove & Redditch AC, was first over the line in 18:19 - first appearance.
Jonathan BISSETT (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:56.
Richard FAIN (SM25-29) of Stone Master Marathoners, was third over the line in 19:39 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Emma PAINE (SW25-29) of Amazing Feet RC, was first (22nd overall) over the line in 23:30 - third time in 31 appearances.
Tina SMITH (VW55-59) of Forest Monsters, was second (25th overall) over the line in 23:44 - has been first to finish on 8 previous occasions.
Anna WEBER (JW15-17) of Kidderminster & Stourport AC, was third (26th overall) over the line in 23:47 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Tina SMITH (VW55-59) – 75.28% for the time 23:44 (25th overall).
Dave BENNETT (VM55-59) – 74.84% for the time 20:32 (7th overall).
Ashley ROSS (SM25-29) – 70.43% for the time 18:19 (first overall).
The female record is held by Bryony HAINES who recorded a time of 00:17:54 on 14th May 2016 (event number 38).
The male record is held by William RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 00:16:03 on 31st December 2016 (event number 71).
The Age Grade course record is held by Bryony HAINES who recorded 83.61% (17:54) on 14th May 2016 (event number 38).
Wyre Forest parkrun started on 29th August 2015. Since then 2,728 participants have completed 12,097 parkruns covering a total distance of 60,485 km, including 2,783 new Personal Bests.
Video - Wyre Forest parkrun in 5 minutes
Forestry Commission Wyre Forest website
Wyre Forest parkrun was set up by members of Cleobury Mortimer Running Club
|In the Diary
22nd July - Wyre Forest parkrun #100!
26th August 2017 - 2nd anniversary parkrun
|Parking at Wyre Forest||Groovy ERS Barcodes|
|Did you know that a Wyre Forest Discovery Pass includes parking for two cars (one at a time!) for £30 per year as well as supporting the work of the Forestry Commission you can get also get discounts on other products and services. Why not have a chat with your fellow parkrunners or volunteers?||Are you a frequent parkrunner, or does your barcode regularly fail to scan or you're having problems with your printer? You should consider getting some ERS Barcodes.
Make our scanners lives easier and be the envy of all of your parkrunner chums!